Get Grounded: Yoga Teacher Training
Well, I started this journey. I am starting my journey this year being a yoga teacher for teens. I am starting my 200 hour training through 'Get Grounded' and Yoga Child's 'Yoga & Mindfulness' programs. My goal is to uphold the integrity of yoga while making it accessible, desirable and beneficial to children. I am asked what 'type' of yoga I like best and I always say, Jivamukti yoga. I hope one day to be certified in that style, but cost hinders that development. The Jivamukti Method is grounded in the original meaning of the Sanskrit word asana as “seat, connection” – relationship to the Earth. Earth implies all of life. Citing Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, which states that asana should be sthira and sukham, Jivamukti Yoga maintains that one’s relationship to others (asana...yoga practice) should be mutually beneficial and come from a consistent (sthira) place of joy and happiness (sukham).
Super out there right? But spirituality comes in many forms. What the style of Jivamukti offers me is a path towards enlightenment through compassion of all beings. Feel free to take out all of the Sanskrit and find the meaning for you.
I met an incredible group of women over the course of this weekend. We learnt our first Grounded Red sequence (sun salutation a sequence) and explored how to use this sequence as a rooted sequence for kids. The purpose for this is to "ground kids to the earth". We played with the sequencing, how spirituality can be incorporated, and how to compress all that we know about yoga into something kids can digest.
I'm thankful to Mariel Freeman and Bonkosi Horn for providing me with this opportunity. These women see something in me that I don't see in myself. I trust them because sometimes you need a push to get to where you ultimately want to be. I met the other queens of Three Queens yoga, seasoned yoga teachers who wanted to expand their craft and classroom teachers who wanted to bring mindfulness into their schools. It was a room full of mixed experiences, but it provided the seed...that start to something new.
At the end to a long weekend, we got to meet some kiddos! Many of them had parents who frequented Three Queens Yoga studio and loved Mariel, so they brought their kids to the studio. I think all of our worrying, all of the planning, all of the tension about creating our sequence dissipated once the little ones came in.
I taught a 'legs up the wall' portion of the lesson, driving in our theme (trees, roots, grounding). Inspired by Daphe Lyon's music taste and Jivamukti focused practice, I incorporated what I learned from her over the years.
The goal was to have kids relax, imagine themselves roots into the earth while their vine legs spread. It was a different experience for them, but one little girl said, "You made me feel relaxed and strong." I loved that!
Module Two starts next week and I am already planning my next sequences!